2018 East Side Regional Political Hob Nob at UCF Review

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Written by Nathan Wertheimer

Orlando, FL – On the Campus on University of Central Florida, the Oviedo – Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2018 East Side Regional Political Hob Nob. This event was open to the general public and many people attended. There were many candidates from both sides in attendance. This was a fun night of politics. At the beginning of the Hob Nob, the US pledge was said, and then followed by a brief introduction of all the candidates on stage. During the evening, attendees and candidates ate Sonny’s catered BBQ pulled pork or chicken, served with Cole slaw, baked beans, and a slice of bread. To drink it was lemonade and sweet ice tea. It was quite delicious meal.

There were a limit number of news outlets at this event. Otownfun.com and News 96.5 FM were there to cover this entire event. Also, News 96.5 was conducting a live radio broadcast throughout the evening by interviewing a few candidates in popular races. While at this Hob Nob, I had the chance to interview five random candidates from various races. All candidates were asked the same questions and had a chance to give their personal responses.

The first candidate I interviewed was Tom Young running for 9th Judicial Circuit Judge, Group 26 for Orange/Osceola Counties. This judge seat is non-party affiliated. Young is running against Joseph Haynes Davis. Both of these candidates are working attorneys with different backgrounds.

Q: Why do you feel you are the best candidate for this office? A: I have the most experience, litigated complex ligation cases, and proven track record in public service.

Q: What are your three goals while in office? A: A. Be efficient, B. Be respectful to all people, C. To be the wanted judge

Q: Should there be term limits for certain elected positions? (Judge candidates restricted from answer this question)

Q: Do you plan to work with other elected officials across party lines? A: (Judge candidates restricted from answer this question)

Q: Have you ever had past political office experience? A: Served on the School Board in Dodge City, Kansas around 2002

Q: Do you plan to take special interests money and gifts while in office? A: Absolutely not!

Q: Do you plan to raise taxes on citizens while in office? N/A

Q: Are you a fiscal conservative person? A: N/A

Q: Do you have your own agenda while in office? A: Follow the law and be fair, respectful, and efficient.

Q: What are your views on experience judges? A: We need more in court experience attorneys running for judge seats.

Overall, Young was very friendly and talked about his experience as an attorney. For more information on this candidate please visit tomyoungforjudge.com .

 

Next the candidate I interviewed was Amy Pennock running for Seminole County School Board, District 4. This school board seat is non-party affiliated. Pennock is running against two other candidates who are Geri Wright and Boby Agagnina. All of these candidates are come from diverse backgrounds.

Q: Why do you feel you are the best candidate for this office? A: I am a business owner and have a financial background.

Q: What are your three goals while in office? A: 1. Remove barriers for students to get the right education, 2. Safety – mental health and physical security, 3. Let the teachers teach.

Q: Should there be term limits for certain elected positions? I don’t support term limits because they limit quality leaders from continuous to serve the community.

Q: Do you plan to work with other elected officials across party lines? N/A

Q: Have you ever had past political office experience? A: None

Q: Do you plan to take special interests money and gifts while in office? A: Absolutely not! Our children can’t be bought.

Q: Do you plan to raise taxes on citizens while in office? No

Q: Are you a fiscal conservative person? A: Yes

Q: Do you have your own agenda while in office? A: Mission passion driven

Q: Should a school board be made up of all teachers? A: It should reflect the population that we serve.

Overall, Pennock was very friendly and talked about her diverse experience and passionate on what she wants if elected to this position. For more information on this candidate please visit www.amyforschoolboard.com .

Then I interviewed candidate Chief John Mina running for Orange County Sheriff Office. He is non-party affiliated and is running against Former Florida Highway Trooper Jose “Joe” Lopez. Both these candidates are come from different backgrounds.

Q: Why do you feel you are the best candidate for this office? A: I have worked at Orlando Police Department (OPD) for 27 years, endorsed and supported by every Mayor in Orange County, and endorsed by current Orange County Sheriff Demings

Q: What are your three goals while in office? A: 1. Reduce crime, 2. Keep Deputies, 3. Oversee children are safe in schools, 4. Engage with the community

Q: Should there be term limits for certain elected positions? Yes

Q: Do you plan to work with other elected officials across party lines? A: Absolutely

Q: Have you ever had past political office experience? A: No

Q: Do you plan to take special interests money and gifts while in office? A: No

Q: Do you plan to raise taxes on citizens while in office? N/A

Q: Are you a fiscal conservative person? A: Yes

Q: Do you have your own agenda while in office? A: Increase the moral at the sheriff’s office and decrease the juvenile crime.

Overall, Chief Mina was friendly and is straight talk type of person. Plus, he talked about his experience as Law Enforcement Officer. His slogan is “Tested, Trusted and Ready to Serve.” For more information on this candidate please visit www.minaforsheriff.net .

Next the candidate I interviewed was Denise Grinsley running for Florida Commissioner of Agriculture. She is running with the Republican Party on this race. Grinsley is running against three other Republicans and three Democrats. All of these candidates are come from different backgrounds.

Q: Why do you feel you are the best candidate for this office? A: I have a diverse background, which I started my career as a registered nurse. Then ran a citrus/cattle/propone gas company, more friendly environmental, hands on background in agriculture, executive experience, background in financing.

Q: What are your three goals while in office? A: 1. Be a farmer friendly state, 2. Protecting consumers from fraud, 3. Protecting the 2nd Amendment for conceal carry permit holders.

Q: Should there be term limits for certain elected positions? Yes

Q: Do you plan to work with other elected officials across party lines? Absolutely

Q: Have you ever had past political office experience? A: Yes, I was elected both as a State Representative and a State Senator.

Q: Do you plan to take special interests money and gifts while in office? A: No

Q: Do you plan to raise taxes on citizens while in office? Absolutely not!

Q: Are you a fiscal conservative person? A: Yes

Q: Do you have your own agenda while in office? A: The people’s agenda

Q: What are your views on the Do Not Call List? To be activity engaged to stop unwanted calls.

Overall, Grinsley was very passionate and talked about her experience in both the private and public sector. She is confident and ready to take on this job. For more information on this candidate please visit www.denisegrimsley.com .

Finally, the last candidate I interviewed was Bob White running for Governor of Florida. He is running with the Republican Party in this race. White is running against Adam Putnum, Andrew Gillum, Ron DeSantis, Gwen Graham, Philip Levine, and Chris King. All of these candidates come from different backgrounds.

Q: Why do you feel you are the best candidate for this office? A: I served for 7 years as Chairmen of the Republic Liberty Caucus of Florida. I went back and forth to Tallahassee on many issues.

Q: What are your three goals while in office? A: 1. Campaign finance reform – “Drain the Swamp”, 2. Education reform – Getting rid of Common Core, 3. Jobs and economic opportunity.

Q: Should there be term limits for certain elected positions? Absolutely

Q: Do you plan to work with other elected officials across party lines? Absolutely

Q: Have you ever had past political office experience? A: None

Q: Do you plan to take special interests money and gifts while in office? A: No

Q: Do you plan to raise taxes on citizens while in office? A: No

Q: Are you a fiscal conservative person? A: Absolutely

Q: Do you have your own agenda while in office? A: My platform is on my website.

Q: What are your views on the education reform? A: 1. Get the federal government out of Public Schools, 2. Get rid of Common Core, 3. End over reliance on high stakes standard testing, 4. Focus career studies at vocation or tech schools for students who not going to college.

Overall, White was very enthusiastic about wanting to make positive changes in our state for the better. He doesn’t think the current politicians are doing a great job of handling many of our issues For more information on this candidate please visit www.bobforflorida.com .

If you did not get a chance to attend this Hob Nob, you’ll have to wait until 2020 July to visit this political event again. This was an exciting night for both the attendees and all of the candidates. Please support these candidates and vote in the upcoming elections. Every vote counts. For more information about this year’s Hob Nob that past please visit http://oviedowintersprings.chambermaster.com/events/details/2018-east-side-regional-hob-nob-30114 .

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